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Drive-Thru Holiday Celebration in Coopersburg Brings Smiles

The Grinch Coopersburg Holiday Drive-Thru

Instead of canceling the borough’s outdoor tree-lighting, Southern Lehigh chamber staff and business sponsors pivoted to make the event a drive-thru holiday celebration and provide the community with a much-appreciated sense of normalcy.

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Coopersburg Drive-Thru Holiday Celebration

Southern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce officials had to think fast when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered a temporary ban on outdoor gatherings of more than 50 people last week. The chamber’s tree-lighting event in Coopersburg was expected to draw hundreds to downtown on Saturday, which was the day the order took effect. Instead of canceling it, the chamber and event sponsors pivoted to make it a drive-thru holiday celebration.

With just 48 hours until “showtime,” Southern Lehigh Chamber officials last week learned of new COVID-19 safety regulations that would take effect Saturday, potentially preventing the Coopersburg Tree-Lighting planned for that night from being held.

Instead of canceling the event, however, chamber staff and business sponsors pivoted to make the event a drive-thru holiday celebration, in order to comply with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s Dec. 10 order that outdoor gatherings be kept to under 50 people through Jan. 4.

“We were determined to still host some type of celebration so our community could have something to enjoy after a year of cancelled events and quarantining,” said Ashley Lorah, Assistant Vice President of Affiliated Chambers for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, on Monday.

Lorah said the quick shift to a drive-thru event during which families stayed in their cars the entire time worked out well, all things considered. Volunteers were stationed outside Coopersburg Fire Co. No. 1 to hand out hot chocolate kits, candy canes, Santa hats and other giveaways such as stuffed animals, yo-yos, slime, coloring pages and craft kits.

“In addition, Santa, Elsa, Olaf (characters from the film ‘Frozen’) and the Grinch joined the procession to bring joy to attendees,” Lorah said. “Before the drive-through portion of the event began, we hosted a quick tree-lighting ceremony with Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong and Coopersburg Mayor Gary Hovis.”

The Grinch Coopersburg Holiday Drive-Thru

The Grinch was on hand and suitably grinchy for the drive-thru holiday celebration in Coopersburg Saturday.

Additional photos from the drive-thru holiday celebration may be found on the Instagram feed for the GLVCC’s Affiliated Chambers (@glvcc_affiliatedchambers) as well as on the Southern Lehigh Chamber’s Facebook page.

The event was sponsored by numerous local businesses, including Saucon Source, J.P. Mascaro & Sons, ServPro of Western Lehigh County, Potts’ Hot Dogs, Thrifty Car Sales, The Goddard School of Center Valley, Creekview Veterinary Hospital, QNB, G&T Auto Body, Keystone Consulting Engineers, Hausman Fruit Farm, Designing Wealth Management of Raymond James and BB&T now Truist.

The Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber hosted a similar type of holiday drive-thru event–part of a Holiday Weekend Extravaganza it organized the weekend after Thanksgiving–which drew hundreds of motorists to Morris J. Dimmick Park.

Elsa Olaf

Elsa and Olaf from ‘Frozen’ were on hand for the drive-thru holiday celebration. The beloved Disney characters had to content with a bit of fog, but are always a hit with little ones.


Of course it wouldn’t be a holiday celebration worth talking about without Santa. In spite of his very busy schedule, the guy in the red suit managed to find time to visit Coopersburg Saturday, to the delight of attendees at the drive-thru holiday celebration.


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Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is the owner, publisher and editor of Saucon Source. A Lehigh Valley native, he's covered local news since 2005 and previously worked for Berks-Mont News and AOL/Patch. Contact him at

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